The Towson Tigers have announced their 2012-2013 Mens’ Basketball schedule. Before they open up Colonial Athletic Association Conference play, the Tigers will play 13 games against Non-Conference opponents.
Leading things off, the Tigers will travel down to South Carolina to face the College of Charleston Cougars on Friday, November 9. Last season, the Cougars struggled in Southern Conference play, but earned a 19-12 record overall. This game will be a nice warm-up challenge for Towson before they enter their early season tournament.
Next, the Tigers will play four games in Richmond, Kentucky during the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational from November 16-19. They will take on Radford (Big South), Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley), Keenesaw State (Atlantic Sun) and Cincinnati Christian (NAIA). Towson should have an easy road during this tournament, as Eastern Kentucky and Radford both failed to reach postseason play last season. Additionally, Keenesaw State is a new member of the Atlantic Sun, just joining from the DII Peach Belt Conference, and Cincinnati Christian is not even a member of the NCAA. All four contests should be winnable.
Following the Invitational, the Tigers will play two home and six road games.
At the Towson Center Arena, the Tigers will play host to North Dakota State (Summit League) on December 15. Then, the will take on the Coppin State Eagles (MEAC) on December 19. Both teams floated around .500 all year last season and should be right in the Tigers’ league.
On the road, Towson will face Loyola (MAAC) on November 26, UMBC (America East) on December 1, Vermont (America East) on December 5, Georgetown (Big East) on December 8, Temple (Big East) on December 12, and will finish Non-Conference play at Oregon State (Pac 12) on December 29. Last season, Loyola, Vermont, Georgetown and Temple all appeared in the NCAA Tournament while Oregon State appeared in the CBI Tourney. Lastly, UMBC struggled mightily overall last season, but all six contests should prove very challenging.
Overall, the Tigers will face a very difficult and challenging field of opponents. Towson can make or break their season by either competing or faltering before opening CAA play.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.